After banning rainbow armbands, Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings against homophobic chants – World Cup 2022

Ecuador fans celebrate during the game against Qatar – Reproduction/Instagram @fefecuador

THE fifa opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico and Ecuador because of homophobic chants by the two fans during matches of the Qatar World Cup 2022🇧🇷 The Ecuadorian team beat Qatar 2-0, in the opening of the World Cup, last Sunday (20), while Mexico was tied 0-0 against Poland on Tuesday (22).

In the opening game, some fans from Ecuador were heard shouting homophobic chants against Chileans. Chile tried in the sports court to take Ecuador’s place in the World Cup, claiming that the rival had chosen a player irregularly during the qualifiers.

The Mexicans are being investigated for singing an offensive chant that the country’s national federation has tried to ban for some time. Fans usually shout “p…” when the opposing goalkeeper takes a goal kick.

armband veto

Despite being quick to institute disciplinary proceedings against homophobic chants, FIFA banned, on the eve of the start of the World Cup, that captains of European teams wear an armband with the message “One love” (one love, in English) and the colors of the rainbow, in a message in favor of the LGBTIA+ community.

At least England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland planned to use the symbol, which has been banned by FIFA. If used, the player would be punished with a yellow card.

In protest against FIFA’s ban, Germany’s players posed for the official photo before the match against Japan, this Wednesday (23), with their hands over their mouths, indicating censorship🇧🇷

In Qatar, it is a crime to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. People with these sexual orientations are subject to up to seven years in prison in the country.

History of punishments

The Mexican Football Federation has already received 12 sanctions (two warnings and ten fines) during the team’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Since then, there have been new sanctions, this time forcing the Mexican team to play twice with the gates closed.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened a case against the Mexican Football Association due to shouts from Mexican fans during the Mexico-Poland World Cup match played on 22 November. The process was opened based on article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code”, informed the entity.

According to the disciplinary code, the federation may be required to play new matches without the presence of an audience or even be prohibited from playing in a given stadium.

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